Honorable Mention: Into the Bunker
: Season 2, Episode 2
Dipper’s not-so-secret crush on Wendy was well-known to viewers and almost everyone in his life—including, as this episode revealed, Wendy herself. But instead of belittling the years-younger Dipper’s feelings, the lumberjack-contest-winning teen gently let him down, explaining that she values him as a friend. Not only did this echo Mabel’s various attempts to let down her
unwanted suitor Lil’ Gideon, but it reinforced the show’s message that just because you
like someone, it doesn’t mean they have to like you back. An added bonus was the episode’s stronger-than-usual fear factor, which showed that the series wasn’t afraid to bring the scares.